Bus Company Tries To Shut Down Online Carpooling Service

from the why,-that's-illegal! dept

Carpooling is exactly the sort of thing that is perfect for a web app -- to match up potential drivers and riders -- but apparently it makes bus companies upset. A Canadian bus company has actually gone so far to try to shut down an online carpool matching service, claiming that it's illegal. The bus company actually had someone go and test out the carpool service, and has now asked the local transportation board in Ottawa to shut down the service. Their argument is that these carpools are unregulated, and the drivers are not licensed and don't have to follow the same regulations that bus and taxi services do. Perhaps that's a reason to re-examine the regulations rather than shutting down the carpooling service, though.

Filed Under: carpools, lawsuits, protectionism, regulations

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    Sierra Night Tide, 25 Aug 2008 @ 2:40pm

    it can be abused

    Interesting argument and I do some very valid points. However... If we were to outlaw this sort of activity it could be abused in several other areas... such as

    People trying to find a ride to anther state
    People trying to find a ride to the airport
    Giving away free / unwanted personal items (think Craig's List)

    Even free social networking sites could fall under a similar unscrupulous 'law' just so that greedy companies can make or think they can make more money. I think the 'law' would do nothing more than increase road traffic, increase road rage and decrease the use of some services because people cannot afford to pay a fee. In addition, there are many jobs that are not accessible by public transportation and the lack of employees to fill the position would hurt businesses and the businesses servicing employees near they're work.

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